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Vehicular assault has been used for kidnapping

Some vehicular assault cases arise when a driver gets angry and uses the car as a weapon, perhaps in a sudden case of road rage. However, according to a report done by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, some vehicular assaults have been far more intentional and planned out in advance, as the drivers have used them as a means to kidnap their victims.

This happened to a young man who was hitchhiking, for example, walking down the side of the road with the traffic at his back. He held up his thumb and heard the car coming, but didn't realize until the last second that it was going to hit him. He was then kidnapped, assaulted, and dropped off at another location.

This is hardly an isolated incident. The FBI found that attackers preferred to use their vehicles in this manner, which they call a "blitz" assault, because the car both kept them safe and made it easier to overpower someone in mere seconds. After striking the people, it was far easier to abduct them due to their injuries. In the case described above, the young man was barely conscious and could not defend himself.

One man admitted to doing this type of thing intentionally to kidnap people, telling another inmate while he was in prison due to a different conviction. Once they knew he'd done it, police looked back at his driving record and discovered a pair of hit-and-run accidents. In retrospect, they realized he'd been trying to kidnap those people, as well, but had run off when things hadn't gone as planned. They weren't hit and runs, but failed kidnappings.

Anyone in New York who is charged with vehicular assault has the right to a fair trial.

Source: FBI, "Abduction by Vehicular Assault," James O. Beasley and Jennifer D. Eakin, accessed Jan. 15, 2016

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